Small good things

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Collaboration with Fokus Media

 

These past months I’ve had the pleasure of receiving Cosmopolitan magazine at my door. I can’t remember the last time I actually ordered a magazine, so this collaboration was really nice. For me, reading a magazine is a way to relax. Take some time for myself, put my brain on hold and just enjoy interesting articles and beautiful photos.

Reading a nice magazine has been one of those small good things. Those things in daily life that don’t necessarily feel like much, but that – in the end – matter the most. Like a good cup of tea, a movie so horrible it’s actually the most hilarious thing ever, or a nice surprise in your inbox. Or a sister dropping by. Or gluten-free pizza. Or friends who lift you up and celebrate your success. Or love.

I’ve been sick for the past week so those small good things have been more important than ever. What is it about being physically ill that makes your mental health drop as well? Or maybe it’s just the perfectionism in me. I’m bad at not feeling bad about myself when I feel like I can’t do anything useful. It’s ironic how my last post was about me doing so well and at the same time the heading All black everything described last week pretty well. But rather than complain, let’s get to the good things.

I thought it would be fun to list five things that delighted me in Cosmopolitan.

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Celebrity interviews
I read interviews on strong beautiful women like Christina Aquilera and Ciara. I look up to women who are not afraid to talk about difficult things, but still focus on the good. I think interviews are the most interesting thing in magazines. There was also an interview on one of my favorite rappers, Pyhimys. It’s funny how some celebrities feel important to you. But when I was going through a tough time, listening to Pyhimys actually helped me get through it.

Fashion photography
I rarely copy any outfits from magazines, but they do give me inspiration. They also give me an idea of what fashion is like currently. And obviously the photography is so good. If only I could pose like the models though.

Makeup inspiration
I love, love love editorial makeup, which is seen a lot in magazines like in Cosmopolitan. Some of them wearable and some of them not so wearable. I find myself staring at some of the makeup photos for so long.

Horoscopes
I never read horoscopes unless they’re served to me on a platter. Like, in a magazine. I don’t really believe in horoscopes, but I find them entertaining. And sometimes surprisingly accurate.

Product reviews
In one of the magazines there was a test you could take to figure out which perfumes were perfect for you. Well, the poll ended up giving me a profile that didn’t suit for me, but I still found some interesting new perfumes I’m gonna check out. You’re probably not surprised, but I enjoy reading product reviews and finding new products that way.

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If you would like to pamper yourself or someone else – you can order Cosmopolitan Finland here.

 

What have been the small good things in your life lately?

 

P.S. Have you checked out my giveaway on Instagram? Or on Facebook? Those two giveaways are for Finnish residents only, but little elves tell me that there is a third giveaway coming, that might be for European residents. Make sure to follow my insta (@charlottaeve) and facebook page (Charlotta Eve)!

All black everything

Black smokey eyes, black sky and black mind wandering around everywhere except here writing this text. I have thoughts wanting to get out, but can’t find the words. I feel loved, happy and grateful – but also anxious, melancholic and nervous. It’s always like this during this time of the year. It’s like I’m counting the hours and putting them up on the scale for me. Was I enough this year? I’m battling the battle I’m always battling. How to be perfect without being perfect? How to be undone and fine with it?

For real though – life has been everything, but black lately. Life’s been good. I even lied about the sky: on my latest run I saw that the sky had more colors that I can fit on my lids (anyone else getting makeup inspiration from the sky?). It had purple, pink and blue. The moon hit the sea beautifully and it sparkled. The air felt icy cold, but not as cold as it could be. Running in the dark is worth it, to put it simply.

My best friend finally came home from Australia and it’s been so nice having her around. The black mood that seems to be taking grasp of so many people right now can’t reach me. I won’t let it. I’ve been going to sleep early, waking up early, exercised, gotten things done and felt hopeful. Okay, and I’ve eaten chocolate.

I’ve even waited for black friday. It’s the day to do Christmas shopping. Or some other shopping, if there’s something you need. I thought I would share my favorite deals with you. Just super quickly. If you’re already over black friday, I get it. Just skip this post.

Black friday deals
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Feelunique
Feelunique has up to -33% discounts.

BeautyBay
Up to -50% off. The best deal I’ve seen so far.

Lookfantastic
Loofantastic offers -20% off.

Sephora
Sephora has some products under $15!

Ideal of Sweden
Ideal of Sweden has -50% on everything! I got my phone case (that is seen in the photos) from them and it is very pretty.

I wish you a happy and relaxing weekend! Mine is gonna be quite peaceful, which is nice because I have almost every weekend booked from now on ’till the end of December.